Burung Indonesia Opts Agro-forestry to Restore Ecosystem and Conflict Resolution

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Bogor (Greeners) – Green watchdog on Tuesday (27/3) said that agro-forestry can provide food for people’s living in forest areas, but also to improve ecosystem and implement sustainable forest management.

The method is being granted on areas under Restoration Ecosystem, which is trying to restore ex-mining areas, degraded and critical lands, to return to its functions.

“Agro-forestry can be offered as land conflict resolution between permits owner of Restoration Ecosystem (IUPHHK-RE) and people living in the forest areas, for instance by establishing an agreement of land management through agro-forestry and benefit sharing system,” said Team Leader Program Darwin Burung Indonesia, Mangarah Silalahi, in a press release.

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Silalahi cited PT Restorasi Ekosistem Indonesia (REKI), as the permit holder for Indonesia’s restoration ecosystem areas, Harapan Forest, a total of 101,355 hectares of areas located in Jambi and South Sumatra provinces, initiated by Burung Indonesia, BirdLife Internation, and The Royal Society for Protection of Birds (RSPB) in 2007.

Furthermore, Silalahi said that agro-forestry in Harapan Forest was in the early implementation and was developing five cooperation models with local people.

“Considering the benefits with agro-forestry system in concession areas, [we hope] that it can be developed. It is important to have support from central and local governments focusing on agro-forestry in IUPHHK-RE concession areas,” he said.

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The seminar is facilitated by Burung Indonesia collaborating with Ministry of Environment and Forestry and Restoration Ecosystem Working Group and Darwin Initiative to serve as lesson learned platform among agro-forestry practitioners in RE concessions, to gain support from government and related parties.

Reports by Dewi Purningsih

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